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LG G Pad 10.1 V700 Tablet Review

Daniel Schmidt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 10/26/2014

Déjà-vu. LG's G Pad 10.1 looks a lot like its smaller brother, the G Pad 8.0. The equipment is almost identical, and the only obvious difference is the larger screen. Again LG opts for limited performance and a long battery life in this case. However, the review sample tends to dim the brightness when it gets too warm.

For the original German review, see here.

LG's G Pad 10.1 V700 is actually an elongated G Pad 8.0. The hardware specifications are virtually identical. A similar Snapdragon 400 processor is used, 16 GB of internal storage is on board, and the latest Android 4.4 KitKat is installed. The exterior size has increased due to the 10.1-inch (~25.6 cm) touchscreen, and the battery is larger. It is also equipped with a micro-SD card reader, which only supports memory cards with a capacity up to 32 GB. G Pad accepts cards with a maximum of 64 GB. The manufacturer’s selling price for the device is 299 Euros (~$380) RRP.

There are plenty of competitors. We used Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 (starts at 305 Euros; ~$384), Lenovo's Yoga 10 HD+ (starts at 299 Euros; ~$380), Gigaset's QV1030 (starts at 180 Euros; ~$229), and Microsoft's Surface 2 (starts at 309 Euros; ~$393) for comparison. The tablets from Lenovo and Microsoft are more expensive, but their prices have dropped in the meantime so that they are strong alternatives.

Case

The tablet is relatively compact.
The tablet is relatively compact.
The micro-SD slot's flap closes flush with the casing.
The micro-SD slot's flap closes flush with the casing.

LG's G Pad 10.1 is one of the slimmer members of the 10-inch category. Its particularly thin display bezel makes it even more compact than http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Sony-Xperia-Z2-Tablet.116284.0.htmlSony's Xperia Z2 tablet. The review sample does not even reach a height of nine millimeters (~0.35 inches), but cannot compete with Sony's top model (6.4 mm; ~0.25 inches) here. It is also quite light with 512 grams (~1.13 lb).

The rubberized back cover is available in black and red, and looks impressive, although every fingerprint is visible on it. The gaps are even, but the casing could close more flush with the screen. It is easy to slip a piece of paper between them.

The tablet is quite pressure sensitive. No matter whether on the back, or on the screen itself, waves are relatively easy to provoke. The device is also comparatively easy to twist and produces a clearly audible cracking noise as well as a rustling sound from the inside.

The micro-SD slot's flap closes flush with the surrounding casing, and is easy to open and close. The integrated battery cannot be exchanged.

Connectivity

The micro-USB 2.0 port in LG's G Pad 10.1 is used for both recharging the tablet, and sharing data with a computer. The interface supports OTG, but not MHL for transmitting images.

The micro-SD card reader supports memory cards with a capacity of up to 32 GB (SDHC). This step backwards, compared with the smaller G Pad 8.0 model, that is compatible with the SDXC standard (max. 64 GB), did not seem logical to us. Therefore, we inserted a micro-SD card from Samsung (SDXC, 64 GB, UHS-I). It was detected as invalid.

An infrared transmitter is also installed, and enables controlling TVs, Blu-ray and DVD drives. Both DLNA and Miracast are available for wireless transmission of media or videos.

Upper edge: power, volume rocker, infrared
Upper edge: power, volume rocker, infrared
left: USB, micro-SD, microphone, audio jack
left: USB, micro-SD, microphone, audio jack
Lower edge: no interfaces
Lower edge: no interfaces
Right: no interfaces
Right: no interfaces

Software

Google's Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system is used. LG has modified the interface, and it blends in well with the overall concept of LG's product line. The G Pad 10.1 also completely exhausts the proprietary software features. Besides Knock Code, QPair, and Quick Remote, Dual Windows for multitasking is also available. These features are already known from LG's G Pad 8.0 and G3, where more details can be found.

Communication & GPS

The Wi-Fi module in LG's G Pad 10.1 supports the IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n standards, and therefore transmits in both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz frequency ranges. Its range is really good. The signal strength was still good and browsing on the Internet was possible without noticeable speed decreases even at a distance of 25 meters (~82 ft) from the router (Fritz!Box 6360, 2.4 GHz) and through one exterior wall. The manufacturer does not offer an LTE version.

Bluetooth 4.0 is also installed, and works as intended. Music and sound of streamed HD videos from the Internet are transmitted impeccably to external speakers. However, a short noise and subsequent "snap" are heard when sound transmission is finished. Then the speaker goes silent.

GPS Test: indoors
GPS Test: indoors
GPS Test: outdoors
GPS Test: outdoors

LG's G Pad 10.1 uses both GPS and Glonass for locating position. A satellite was found almost instantaneously outdoors. As expected, the signal was weaker indoors, and it took slightly longer to fix the location.

The tablet's accuracy was not quite as good on a tight road or under difficult conditions, such as in the woods. It cannot compete with our Garmin Edge 500 bike computer. However, the discrepancies are below 3% when looking at the entire route, which is a fairly good result.

Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
LG G Pad 10.1 V700

Cameras

LG's G Pad 10.1 is equipped with the same camera features as the G Pad 8.0, and thus the performance of the lenses is identical. The front-facing camera has a resolution of 1.2 megapixels (1280x800 pixels; 16:9), and is suitable for video conferencing in good light conditions.

The rear-facing primary camera supports up to 5 megapixels (2560x1920 pixels; 4:3), and provides rich colors. The sharpness could be better. Details are muddy and outlines look slightly frayed when looked at more closely. The pictures exhibit a strong noise in weak light, and the sharpness deteriorates even more. An auxiliary light or flash is not installed for brightening up light conditions.

Videos can be recorded in Full HD. However, the quality is also only average here. Panning or fast-moving objects can hardly be captured, and the sound is also not very satisfactory.

LG G Pad 10.1 (primary camera)
LG G Pad 10.1 (primary camera)
LG G Pad 10.1 (webcam)
LG G Pad 10.1 (webcam)
Canon EOS 70D (reference)
Canon EOS 70D (reference)
Panorama shot with LG's G Pad 10.1
Panorama shot with LG's G Pad 10.1

Accessories

The accessories included with LG's G Pad 10.1 comprise of a modular power supply (5 volts, 1.8 ampere) with an output of 8 Watts, a USB data cable, and a quick start guide.

The manufacturer does not offer any optionally purchasable, tablet-specific accessories.

Warranty

LG includes a 24-month warranty on its G Pad 10.1. The accessories are covered for twelve months. The warranty cannot be upgraded.

Input Devices & Controls

The capacitive touchscreen in LG's G Pad 10.1 detects up to ten simultaneous inputs. The surface has good gliding properties, and implements inputs accurately. However, the tablet sometimes needs a moment before responding. This could be due to the weaker SoC because this is seldom the case with the Android interface, and mostly occurs in apps.

The device utilizes LG's Smart Keyboard with a well designed keyboard layout. The user can customize it to meet personal needs. For example, the key size can be adjusted and a key with an additional special character can be placed beside the space bar in the settings. The split keyboard, as known from devices based on Windows 8, is particularly convenient for this large screen size because all characters can be reached with the thumbs. However, they are much smaller.

Landscape mode
Landscape mode
Portrait mode
Portrait mode
Divided keyboard
Divided keyboard

Display

Minor clouding
Minor clouding
The brightness is throttled during load to prevent overheating.
The brightness is throttled during load to prevent overheating.

LG's G Pad 10.1 has a 10.1-inch, IPS screen with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. This corresponds to an aspect ratio of 16:10 and pixel density of a meager 150 ppi. Even the lettering on the home screen seems slightly out of focus and pixelation is visible when looking closely. Ironically, the cheapest device in the comparison field also has the highest resolution. The Gigaset QV1030 provides razor-sharp 229 ppi (10.1 inches, 2560x1600 pixels).

The screen's maximum brightness of 360 cd/m² is quite decent, though the illumination of 84% is only average. All competitors do a better job in distributing the brightness, and achieve at least 86%. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 can even boast with very good 92%.

LG's G Pad 10.1 struggles with a few illumination issues. Firstly, the small halos that are only visible on dark content. Then, the screen's brightness is dimmed automatically when the SoC is loaded to prevent overheating. We experienced brightness drops from 100% to 81% in such cases. Since neither the screen nor the SoC are particularly power-hungry products that generate high waste heat, it can only be a bug in the management software. We observed a similar issue in LG's G3, where poor engineering was the cause of the screen's brightness dropping to 191 cd/m². In addition, there is no ambient light sensor.

305
cd/m²
336
cd/m²
303
cd/m²
332
cd/m²
360
cd/m²
341
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
349
cd/m²
321
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 360 cd/m² Average: 331.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 360 cd/m²
Contrast: 439:1 (Black: 0.82 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.56 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 3.59 | - Ø
Gamma: 2.02
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8026, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB SSD
Gigaset QV1030
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8028, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Microsoft Surface 2
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
5%
19%
28%
30%
Brightness331402
21%
342
3%
374
13%
369
11%
Brightness Distribution8492
10%
86
2%
87
4%
89
6%
Black Level *0.820.61
26%
0.5
39%
0.36
56%
0.51
38%
Contrast439685
56%
724
65%
1078
146%
700
59%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *5.566.52
-17%
4.75
15%
5.28
5%
3.86
31%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *3.595.92
-65%
3.93
-9%
5.6
-56%
2.4
33%
Gamma *2.023.582.482.662.46
CCT6483 100%6511 100%6565 99%6631 98%6740 96%

* ... smaller is better

The black level of LG's G Pad 10.1 is somewhat high with 0.82 cd/m². Consequently, black looks rather grayish. The contrast is correspondingly low, and just achieves 439:1. All other competitors in the comparison do a better job. In front is the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ (0.36 cd/m²; 1078:1) with excellent rates.

The review sample's color accuracy is considerably better. The shifts in the grayscale are marginal (dE 3.6). They are somewhat higher in the mixed colors, and reach an average DeltaE rate of 5.6. The red and blue hues deviate partially from the ideal. This is also reflected  in color accuracy and saturation, where magenta and cyan exhibit the highest shifts. However, the majority of users will not notice this in practice.

Color Management (target color space: sRGB)
Color Management (target color space: sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (target color space: sRGB)
Saturation Sweeps (target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB)
ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)

LG's G Pad 10.1 struggles with the same problems as the smaller G Pad 8.0 in the outdoors. The review sample's contrast is even lower. The content is legible in the shade, although the highly reflective screen is disturbing to the eyes. It becomes even more difficult in sunlight. The likelihood that the screen's maximum brightness will not be available will increase in the summer when the temperatures are higher.

LG G Pad 10.1 in the shade
LG G Pad 10.1 in the shade
The likelihood that the tablet will get too warm increases in the sun.
The likelihood that the tablet will get too warm increases in the sun.

LG's G Pad 10.1 has very stable viewing angles. This is primarily due to the underlying IPS technology. A slight loss in brightness started at approximately 45 degrees. The content was displayed stably even in extremely flat angles, and we did not notice any ghosting effect.

Viewing angle stability: LG G Pad 10.1
Viewing angle stability: LG G Pad 10.1

Performance

Calculations are performed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8026. The quad-core processor clocks with 1.2 GHz, and is the counterpart to the Snapdragon 400 MSM8226 in the G Pad 8.0, only it does not have the ability to connect to the Internet using a mobile network. Once again, a 1 GB working memory is installed, and the SoC-integrated Qualcomm Adreno 305 is responsible for graphic computations. The system largely runs smoothly, but the user will have to expect minor stutters.

We obtained relatively good scores in the benchmarks. However, AnTuTu v4 makes it clear that the SoC is no longer one of the fastest of its kind. The Tegra 4 in Gigaset's QV1030 is 74% faster, and does not belong to the premium range anymore. Even the tablets with the stronger Nvidia GPU have a clearer lead in GFXBench 2.7. The difference is particularly evident in the off-screen test, where the Surface 2 and QV1020 are roughly three times as fast. Also, the frame rates in Epic Citadel Ultra High Test demonstrates that the graphics unit is coming close to its limits. New interfaces, such as OpenGL ES 3.0 and 3.1, are not even supported from the outset.

AnTuTu Benchmark v4 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
17735 Points ∼41%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
15351 Points ∼36% -13%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
18926 Points ∼44% +7%
Gigaset QV1030
30913 Points ∼72% +74%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
1279 Points ∼9%
Google Nexus 10
2591 Points ∼18% +103%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
1282 Points ∼9% 0%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
1596 Points ∼11% +25%
Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
242.337 MFLOPS ∼8%
Google Nexus 10
189.94 MFLOPS ∼6% -22%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
225 MFLOPS ∼8% -7%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
281 MFLOPS ∼10% +16%
Single Thread (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
85.196 MFLOPS ∼8%
Google Nexus 10
134.173 MFLOPS ∼13% +57%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
81 MFLOPS ∼8% -5%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
113 MFLOPS ∼11% +33%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
6749 Points ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
7131 Points ∼5% +6%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
8132 Points ∼5% +20%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
5122 Points ∼1%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
5236 Points ∼1% +2%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
4503 Points ∼1% -12%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
5412 Points ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
5565 Points ∼3% +3%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
4999 Points ∼3% -8%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
5.8 fps ∼1%
Google Nexus 10
12.4 fps ∼1% +114%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
5.9 fps ∼1% +2%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
5.6 fps ∼1% -3%
Microsoft Surface 2
16 fps ∼2% +176%
Gigaset QV1030
18 fps ∼2% +210%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
10.2 fps ∼17%
Google Nexus 10
7.9 fps ∼13% -23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
10.1 fps ∼17% -1%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
5.6 fps ∼9% -45%
Microsoft Surface 2
24 fps ∼40% +135%
Gigaset QV1030
12 fps ∼20% +18%
Epic Citadel
Ultra High Quality (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
31.5 fps ∼52%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
14.4 fps ∼24% -54%
High Quality (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
55.5 fps ∼91%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
32.7 fps ∼54% -41%

Legend

 
LG G Pad 10.1 V700 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8026, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Google Nexus 10 Samsung Exynos 5250 Dual, ARM Mali-T604 MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 16 GB SSD
 
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8028, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Microsoft Surface 2 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Gigaset QV1030 Nvidia Tegra 4, NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4, 16 GB eMMC Flash

The browsing speed of LG's G Pad 10.1 is adequate, but cannot be called exceptionally fast. We performed the benchmarks using the stock browser that is based on Google Chrome 30. However, the review sample fares a bit better when compared to devices with a similar hardware, such as the Galaxy Tab 4 10.1. Nevertheless, users should reckon on longer waiting times for sophisticated websites to load.

Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8026, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1810 Points ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB SSD
1482 Points ∼3% -18%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8028, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1759 Points ∼4% -3%
Microsoft Surface 2
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
3368 Points ∼7% +86%
Gigaset QV1030
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 16 GB eMMC Flash (32)
5191 Points ∼11% +187%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8026, 16 GB eMMC Flash
640 Points ∼10%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
652 Points ∼11% +2%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8028, 16 GB eMMC Flash
868 Points ∼14% +36%
Microsoft Surface 2
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
791 Points ∼13% +24%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8026, 16 GB eMMC Flash
16133.7 ms * ∼27%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB SSD
15103.6 ms * ∼25% +6%
Microsoft Surface 2
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
10107.1 ms * ∼17% +37%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8026, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1136.6 ms * ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB SSD
983.4 ms * ∼24% +13%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8028, 16 GB eMMC Flash
957.5 ms * ∼24% +16%
Microsoft Surface 2
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
384.5 ms * ∼10% +66%
Gigaset QV1030
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 16 GB eMMC Flash (32)
753.7 ms * ∼19% +34%

* ... smaller is better

LG's G Pad 10.1 has a 16 GB flash storage. The user can use 10.82 GB of that. It can be expanded by up to 32 GB via a micro-SD when more storage is needed. Applications can also be copied to the memory card and used from there as the system supports App2SD.

The flash storage speed is relatively fast, and is good in most areas. The review sample is only midfield when it comes to writing large files.

AndroBench 3
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8026, 16 GB eMMC Flash
1.7 MB/s ∼3%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
1.27 MB/s ∼2% -25%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB SSD
1.83 MB/s ∼4% +8%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8028, 16 GB eMMC Flash
0.8 MB/s ∼2% -53%
Gigaset QV1030
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
0.49 MB/s ∼1% -71%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8026, 16 GB eMMC Flash
15.5 MB/s ∼11%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
10.35 MB/s ∼8% -33%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB SSD
14.77 MB/s ∼11% -5%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8028, 16 GB eMMC Flash
13.73 MB/s ∼10% -11%
Gigaset QV1030
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
4.11 MB/s ∼3% -73%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8026, 16 GB eMMC Flash
16.31 MB/s ∼10%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
20.02 MB/s ∼13% +23%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB SSD
16.71 MB/s ∼10% +2%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8028, 16 GB eMMC Flash
16.13 MB/s ∼10% -1%
Gigaset QV1030
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
11.08 MB/s ∼7% -32%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8026, 16 GB eMMC Flash
112.7 MB/s ∼23%
Google Nexus 10
Mali-T604 MP4, 5250 Dual, 32 GB SSD
99.53 MB/s ∼20% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB SSD
117.77 MB/s ∼24% +4%
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8028, 16 GB eMMC Flash
97.64 MB/s ∼20% -13%
Gigaset QV1030
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
45.84 MB/s ∼9% -59%

Games

The former mid-range Adreno 305 GPU now belongs to the performance-weaker division. Nevertheless, tracks that only require low performance are no problem for LG's G Pad 10.1. The user will not notice the limited power in games like Candy Crush or Angry Birds. Owing to the screen's low resolution, current games like FIFA 15 UT are no problem and can be played smoothly. However, the user will soon get annoyed with lags in hardware-intensive games like Asphalt 8. However, neither the touchscreen, nor the impeccably functioning sensors will ruin the fun.

Candy Crush
Candy Crush
Fifa 15 Ultimate Team
Fifa 15 Ultimate Team

Emissions

Outcome of the GFXBench 3.0 battery test
Outcome of the GFXBench 3.0 battery test

Temperature

LG's G Pad 10.1 achieves surface temperatures of up to 35.6 °C (~96 °F) while idling, and is thus comparatively warm. Only Gigaset's QV1030 (35.4 °C; ~95.7 °F) achieves a similar temperature. The review sample's rates climb up to 40 °C (~104 °F) during load. The QV1030 (41 °C; ~105.8 °F) is the only device in the comparison group that gets even warmer. All other competitors stay below 40 degrees (~104 °F). However the results show absolutely no cause for criticism.

We check the performance stability during permanent load with the battery test of GFXBench 3.0. The app runs its on-screen test thirty times in succession, and records both the battery state and frame rates. LG's G Pad 10.1 could maintain its performance stably over the entire period. It is aggravating that the screen's brightness is throttled to 81% (191 cd/m²).

Max. Load
 36.8 °C27.8 °C25.8 °C 
 40 °C28.8 °C26.7 °C 
 31.5 °C30.5 °C29.1 °C 
Maximum: 40 °C
Average: 30.8 °C
25.5 °C27.1 °C33.6 °C
27.2 °C29.5 °C39.4 °C
28.2 °C29.5 °C29.5 °C
Maximum: 39.4 °C
Average: 29.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  41.6 °C | Room Temperature 23 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

The two speakers at the back of LG's G Pad 10.1 have been poorly positioned, and are quickly covered when held in the hands. The tablet's volume can also be turned up to quite an extent. However, the trebles greatly overdrive and distort. The sound is comparatively good in medium volume, and even the bass is audible. Playback using the audio jack does not give any reason for complaint subjectively, and makes a good impression.

Energy Management

Battery Runtime

We struggled with the same issues in LG's G Pad 10.1 as previously in the G Pad 8.0, and could not obtain any useful power consumption data. However, we noticed that the battery did drain to some extent and that the charge state dropped by two percentage points during the benchmarks that we performed with a connected power supply. The power supply (5 volt, 1.8 ampere) output of 9 Watts is apparently too low.

On the other hand, the battery's capacity of 8000 mAh is quite generous, and enables a very good battery life. Both the minimum and maximum runtimes we obtained, provided good results. The rates determined using a screen brightness of 150 cd/m² provides a better comparison basis. The Wi-Fi and video playback times are really good, and are only exceeded by the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
28h 16min
WiFi Surfing
12h 51min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
12h 57min
Load (maximum brightness)
7h 24min
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8026, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1
Adreno 305, 400 MSM8226, 16 GB SSD
Gigaset QV1030
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8028, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Microsoft Surface 2
GeForce Tegra 4, 4, 32 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
-37%
-42%
1%
-34%
Reader / Idle1696942
-44%
1356
-20%
1099
-35%
Load444193
-57%
223
-50%
398
-10%
195
-56%
WiFi771621
-19%
519
-33%
945
23%
481
-38%
H.264777574
-26%
853
10%
732
-6%

Verdict

In review: LG G Pad 10.1 V700. Review sample courtesy of LG Germany.
In review: LG G Pad 10.1 V700. Review sample courtesy of LG Germany.

Everyone who picks up LG's G Pad 10.1 for the first time will be surprised just how compact a 10-inch tablet can be. It is nice to hold and provides very good battery runtimes. Additionally, LG's software features are a real added value.

Unfortunately, the screen does not have a particularly high resolution, and the tablet cannot maintain the screen's maximum brightness during permanent load. The latter will restrict using the device in the shade or indoors, primarily in the summer. Besides that, it does not have an ambient light sensor. Too bad, since the outstanding Wi-Fi range would have predestined using the tablet in the garden. We make deductions for these technical drawbacks.

The SoC is no longer a high-performance model. Users who like playing graphically demanding games should avoid the tablet. Casual gamers will be satisfied with the performance. HD videos are also rendered smoothly. Also, the tablet will not be a mistake for everyone who wants to mainly use the tablet for communication and media playback purposes at home.

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In Review: LG G Pad 10.1 V700. Review sample courtesy of LG Germany.
In Review: LG G Pad 10.1 V700. Review sample courtesy of LG Germany.

Specifications

LG G Pad 10.1 V700
Graphics adapter
Qualcomm Adreno 305, Core: 450 MHz
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 10.8 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: combo headphone and microphone jack, Card Reader: micro-SD max. 32 GB, Sensors: accelerometer, digital compass, GPS, DLNA, SmartShare, Miracast
Networking
802.11a/b/g/n (a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, body-SAR: 0.656 W/kg
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.95 x 260.9 x 165.9 ( = 0.35 x 10.27 x 6.53 in)
Battery
30 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 8000 mAh, 3.8 Volt
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: 1.3 MP; primary camera: 5 MP (auto focus, FullHD video)
Additional features
Speakers: two stereo speakers, Keyboard: virtual, power supply, data cable, quick start guide, KnockCode, QPair 2.0, QSlide, QuickRemote, Smart cleaning, Dual Window, Polaris Office 5, LG SmartWorld, QuickMemo, TalkBack, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
512 g ( = 18.06 oz / 1.13 pounds), Power Supply: 73 g ( = 2.58 oz / 0.16 pounds)
Price
299 Euro

 

The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
The webcam is well-suitable for videoconferencing.
The webcam is well-suitable for videoconferencing.
The screen stays bright as long as the tablet is cool.
The screen stays bright as long as the tablet is cool.
The gaps are even, but could be tighter.
The gaps are even, but could be tighter.
Well-known features from LG are also preloaded.
Well-known features from LG are also preloaded.
The plastic back is sensitive for fingerprints.
The plastic back is sensitive for fingerprints.
The camera does not jut out of the casing.
The camera does not jut out of the casing.
The card slot supports media up to 32 GB.
The card slot supports media up to 32 GB.
The G Pad 10.1 is obviously bigger than the G Pad 8.0
The G Pad 10.1 is obviously bigger than the G Pad 8.0
Epic Citadel (Ultra High Quality)
Epic Citadel (Ultra High Quality)
Anomaliy 2 Benchmark (High Quality)
Anomaliy 2 Benchmark (High Quality)
3DMark
3DMark
Google Octane 2.0
Google Octane 2.0
Browsermark 2.1
Browsermark 2.1
Sunspider 1.0.2
Sunspider 1.0.2
Peacekeeper
Peacekeeper
WebXPRT 2013
WebXPRT 2013
Basemark OS II
Basemark OS II
AnTuTu v5
AnTuTu v5
Vellamo 3
Vellamo 3
Passmark
Passmark

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Pro

+Infrared transmitter
+Useful software features
+Good Wi-Fi range
+Very good battery life
+Compact design
 

Cons

-Storage only expandable by 32 GB
-Sluggish SoC
-Weak power supply
-High black level
-Low pixel density
-Screen dims in permanent load...
-...thus, not outdoor suitable
-No ambient light sensor
-Speakers' adverse position

Shortcut

What we like

The battery life and the Wi-Fi range are very good, and the software features from LG prove very useful in routine operation.

What we'd like to see

A stronger processor, or at least a stronger GPU would be great.

What surprises us

A comparatively weak SoC and low-resolution screen generate so much waste heat that the screen's brightness has to be throttled to prevent overheating.

The competition

The contenders are: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, Gigaset QV1030, Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, and Microsoft Surface 2.

Rating

LG G Pad 10.1 V700 - 10/19/2014 v4(old)
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
72%
Keyboard
78 / 80 → 98%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
45 / 66 → 68%
Weight
83 / 88 → 90%
Battery
96%
Display
80%
Games Performance
53 / 68 → 78%
Application Performance
28 / 76 → 37%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
50 / 91 → 55%
Camera
57 / 85 → 67%
Add Points
-3%
Average
65%
79%
Tablet - Weighted Average
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Daniel Schmidt, 2014-10-26 (Update: 2014-11- 1)